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By Consumer Line, with Thuli Zungu | Nov 19, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 26 ]

Dispute over size of the land

DO NOT believe Remax Estate when they say that you will enjoy a pleasant experience when you buy property from them.

A man from Sebokeng in the Vaal in Gauteng claims that he has had a horrible experience after buying a piece of land from this company.

Isaac Motloung, 47, says Remax Estate and their attorneys sold him the land in January 2007, but later re-sold it to another buyer.

He says the conveyancers , Potgieter & Fourie Inc. of Vanderbijlpark in the Vaal, did not give the deeds office the correct size of the land when they registered it and he only discovered this when he enquired about it this year.

Motloung says his contract shows that he bought 1000m², but his title deed shows only 541m².

He says in January this year, he had a shock when he saw builders building on his land. When he asked them what they were doing, they said they were only following instructions.

Motloung says Standard Bank gave him a loan for R365,000.

"I pay my bond on time so how can Standard Bank sell my land?" he asks.

He says when he asked Remax Estate in the Vaal why a house was being built on his land, staff at their office referred him to their Cape Town branch.

Motloung says before he signed the offer to purchase, he accompanied a Remax Estate official who measured the of land and who confirmed the size.

He says Remax Estate has not responded to his inquiry since January.

"They just allowed the builders to carry on building and the house is almost complete," he says.

Motloung says he notified Standard Bank in the hope that they would intervene, but he was told to deal with Remax or the transferring attorneys.

"I had hoped that the bank, as the financiers, would help, but they have washed their hands of the matter," he says.

Motloung says that he met the man who is building on his property last Wednesday hoping to get the details of the person who sold him the land.

"He is an innocent buyer like myself, but he should at least tell me who sold him the land so I can deal with that person," Motloung says.

Kershia Singh of Standard Bank says Motloung must deal directly with Remax Estate or their transferring attorneys.

"If there is a dispute on the size of the land that was purchased, Mr Motloung needs to resolve this with the seller of the land or the relevant lawyers who assisted with the registration," she says .

Romaine Blankenburg, the marketing programme coordinator at Remax Estate says they were investigating Motloung's matter because their offices in the Vaal has moved.

Consumer Line tried to get comment from the conveyancers who did the transfer for Motloung, but no one answers the telephone and the e-mail address on their letterhead bounces back.

The man who is busy building a house on Motloung's land and who only gave his name as Bongane, says he bought the land for R300,000 about 18 months ago.

He was also financed by Standard Bank, but refuses to give the name of the seller.

"Tell Motloung to deal with his bank and transferring attorney and to stop bothering me," he says.

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Motloung get an attorney and let him talk to remax not standard bank. The bank just financed you that's all. Youbmust pay the agreed instalment for the agreed period.

Nov 19, 2012 7:10 | 0 replies

@Mr Motloung. Stop paying the bond and the bank will be forced to reposess the property. If they are not interested now, they will have no choice if once u stop paying.

Nov 19, 2012 8:52 | 0 replies

@Mufaro
Mmm dude I deal with these everyday. SUB DIVISION boooooooooooy!!!!!!!
Someone must explain this Mr Motlooung that this plot has two portions. Portion A and Portion B. Am sure they gave him the other one. Example ERF 132/1 and ERF132/2.

Nov 19, 2012 9:40 | 0 replies

@Mufaro
Dude ur right, this is a small MISUNDERSTANDING. Explain the rules to Mr Motloung before he waistes his MONEY again. The second person is his neighbour .

Nov 19, 2012 9:43 | 0 replies

I have dealt with an ERF that was SUBDIVIDED by its owner into three protions with one ERF. ERF 12/1(she kept this one), ERF12/2(sold) and ERF12/3(sold).

Her plot was about 1500 square metre, hence she thought of making money with the rest of the land she wasn't using.

Nov 19, 2012 9:46 | 0 replies

I have dealt with an ERF that was SUBDIVIDED by its owner into three portions with one ERF. ERF 12/1(she kept this one), ERF12/2(sold) and ERF12/3(sold).

Her plot was about 1500 square metre, hence she thought of making money with the rest of the land she wasn't using

Nov 19, 2012 9:46 | 0 replies

@Mr Motloung.
Pls ask the second person to go with u to the Joburg municipality to confirm the ownership of these plots. Am sure they will be able to explain things for ya'll.

U see township dwellers??????Ha ha hes upgrading now he can't handle the burbs!!!!!

Nov 19, 2012 9:50 | 0 replies

@Mr Motloung.
Ha ha don't stress old man clam down and fix things. Nice house behind u by the way. Mmm thats a TUSCAN!!!!!

Nov 19, 2012 9:53 | 0 replies

Nqumla
@Mufaro
Mmm dude I deal with these everyday. SUB DIVISION boooooooooooy!!!!!!!
Someone must explain this Mr Motlooung that this plot has two portions. Portion A and Portion B. Am sure they gave him the other one. Example ERF 132/1 and ERF132/2.
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you deal will SUB DIVISION in which level Rates and taxes section or City planning level and which
Municipality you work for?

Nov 19, 2012 10:15 | 0 replies

The latest buyer is a crook he knows everything about this, Motloung must squeeze him till he tells the truth.

Nov 19, 2012 10:55 | 0 replies

Mr Motloung should have come to Moloto..our village.
this land coould have coused him atleast R1005.65

Nov 19, 2012 12:7 | 0 replies